After welcome remarks from Commander Mathew Falcone and the Invocation delivered by the Rev. James Only of the Congregational Church, Mr. Daniel Miles, the son of Edward Miles, was invited to speak about his father and the extraordinary life he led.
The big story on the evening of Monday, May 28 was how few people were interested enough in the town redistricting process to attend the meeting of the Temporary Committee on Redistricting for the Town of North Hempstead.
At the May 7 meeting of the redistricting committee, the purpose of which was to solicit public comment about the redistricting process, a small but vocal group of residents, including two members of the local chapters of the League of Women Voters, accused the town of failing to properly notify residents of the meeting and a lack of transparency in the proceedings. The committee responded by scheduling a second meeting to solicit public comment and followed with an aggressive campaign to inform voters about the meeting on Monday, May 21. The effort included 65,000 reverse 311 calls, of which approximately 45,000 were answered, and press releases in all local newspapers, Newsday and on the town’s website and television station. In addition, the proceedings were web cast.
Sergeant James John Regan always wanted to be an Army Ranger. Upon graduating from Duke University, the Manhasset resident and Chaminade High School grad decided to forgo a job offer from a prominent financial services company and a scholarship to law school in order to serve his country. While in his fourth tour of duty, Sergeant Regan lost his life in Iraq, but his sacrifice and courage will forever endure.
On Tuesday, May 22, Senator Jack M. Martins had the privilege of inducting Sergeant Regan into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Mary Regan, Sergeant Regan’s mother, traveled to Albany to accept the honor.
Pat Kenny, and her daughter Christine Kenny Goettelmann, found a shady spot under the Clearview movie theater marquee, where Pat calculated this was her 35th Manhasset Memorial Day Parade. She observed there were fewer spectators lining the street at the more recent parades, but thoughtfully added that far more children march in the parade, along with their parents, than in those earlier years.
Over the years, the unsightly, denuded Village Bath property has been both ignored, and been in play. Unattractive as it is, it has become part of the familiar landscape and any change is suspect.
The Gate LLC, owner of the 1900 Northern Boulevard commercial retail space that includes Daffy’s and the Apple Store on the corner, had considered purchasing the property, applied for a change of zoning from Residential A to Parking in mid-2011, and withdrew its proposal in the face of unanimous opposition by the neighboring communities.
On Tuesday, May 15, the 2012-2013 Manhasset Public School District budget vote results were:
The trustee election results were:
Ann Marie Curd Fruhauf
The purpose of the gathering at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock on April 23 was to educate and encourage Long Islanders to take action against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. And Sam Bernhardt, Long Island organizer of the national organization Food & Water Watch, wasted no time providing an explanation of fracking, saying it is a relatively new procedure for extracting natural gas through the process of pumping water and chemicals into the ground to crack open the rock that contains the natural gas. The process, he added, can contaminate water, produce large amounts of air pollution, cause earthquakes, crumble roads and deplete the water supply. Despite these concerns, Bernhardt indicated, Governor Cuomo and the department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are drafting regulations to allow fracking in New York. Maybe even sometime this year, if they act expeditiously.
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